Trefis: Week in Review 7 April 2012

April 7th, 2012
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Written by Trefis Staff

Below is a summary of the activity onTrefis during the past week that Trefis thought Econintersect readers would find interesting.

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Some of the 75 top stories this week include:

  • Groupon's troubled IPO;
  • GOOGLE's valuation;
  • Toyota's U.S. rebound;
  • More mortgage securities problems for Goldman Sachs; and
  • Caterpiller's growth plans in China.

See all 75 investment stories of the week below.

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Tech, Media, Telecom

Groupon's (NASDAQ:GRPN) Cooked Books: Beware IPOs With Shady Histories on April 6th

Submitted by Investing Daily using the Trefis Contributor Tool If you see a cockroach on your kitchen countertop and squash it, are you: (...

Weekly Internet Update: Google, Facebook & Groupon on April 6th

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Facebook & Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) were in the limelight again this week due to some very significant developments,...

Weekly Mobile Notes: Apple, RIM and Qualcomm on April 6th

The past week saw quite a few developments in the mobile sector. First came a customer survey by ChangeWave that revealed that the new ...

Weekly Telecom Notes: Verizon, AT&T and Sprint on April 6th

The telecom sector saw quite a few developments in the past week. AT&T (NYSE:T) started the week off with an ...

Weekly Tech Summary: Microsoft, eBay & Yahoo on April 6th

This week was quite eventful for the tech sector, with a lot of significant developments related to major companies like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT),...

Was Acquiring OMGPOP A Smart Move For Zynga? on April 5th

Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) has made a lot of acquisitions in the last couple of years in order to maintain its rapid growth. However,...

Symantec Study ‘Loses' Smartphones On Purpose To Track Security Risks on April 5th

In a bid to study requirements and expand their smartphone security business, Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) conducted a social experiment involving 50 “lost...

Google Still The King Of Search But Worth Fully Priced For Now on April 5th

Despite being the leader and well ahead of its competitors in terms of search, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has continued to improve its offering ...

Pandora Elbows Its Way Into The Vehicles Market on April 5th

Pandora Media (NYSE:P) recently announced that Suzuki and Nissan will be integrating Pandora’s service in their vehicles. This takes the ...

Qualcomm Prepares To Take On Intel's Ultrabooks on April 5th

Mobile phone chip giant Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) is gearing up to make an entry into the PC microprocessor market. The company is developing ...

As Economy Improves Cord Cutting Should Slow on April 5th

Research suggests that TV subscriber additions declined in 2011 and some cord cutting continued. About 112,000 TV subscribers were added in 2011, which implied...

Perfect World Launches Blacklight: Retribution on April 5th

Perfect World Entertainment, the U.S. subsidiary of Perfect World (NASDAQ:PWRD) has launched Blacklight: Retribution, a free-to-play first person shooter game which...

PayPal Focuses On Small Businesses With New Payment Offerings on April 5th

eBay’s (NASDAQ:EBAY) primary focus seems to be on PayPal, its fastest-growing business and probably its best acquisition to date. PayPal...

Apple Could Add Baidu As Default Search Engine In China Over Google on April 5th

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be planning to make Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) the default search engine for its iOS devices in China, a ...

News Corp's Bid For BskyB Could Resurface After Younger Murdoch's Exit on April 5th

Rupert Murdoch’s son James Murdoch has resigned as the chairman of BskyB. While this is a result of the mounting pressure due to ...

Sina's Weibo Crushed By Government Censorship on April 5th

Sina ‘s (NASDAQ:SINA) stock saw its price drop by more than 10% following a ban on the commenting feature on Sina ...

Google Glasses Sound As Crazy As Smartphones And Tablets Once Did on April 5th

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has finally begun testing its highly awaited, futuristic technology – augmented-reality enabled glasses – which would enable users ...

Yahoo Worth $18, Gets Nimble To Focus On Core Businesses on April 5th

Just as we speculated, Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) has gone ahead with its restructuring plans and confirmed that it has cut 2,000 jobs in ...

Verizon Does Little To Dispel Regulatory Concerns on April 5th

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) is pitching a new kind of integrated wireless and wireline TV service that it plans to launch by the year end...

Accenture Flexes Its Muscles With Solid Earnings on April 4th

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) reported a strong second quarter for fiscal 2012 with net revenues up 12% year-on-year to $6.8 billion. The key takeaway ...

iPad Users Still Love The New iPad Despite Overheating Brouhaha on April 4th

Concerns about the Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad heating up to alarming levels seem to have little impact on the tablet’s...

Qualcomm & Intel Hold The Key To Apple-Samsung Patent Wars on April 4th

The patent dispute between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung has become more interesting with the entry of two semiconductor giants, Intel and Qualcomm....

Groupon's Headache Continues With SEC Probe & Shareholder Lawsuit on April 4th

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) has sparked several controversies with its accounting practices in the past and with its recent restatement of Q4 2011 earnings, ...

Google Integrates Contacts With Google+, Another Step Towards Seamlessness on April 4th

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) may have not had much luck in toppling Facebook as the king of the social networking space with Google+, but...

Dell Makes A Wyse Move In Bid To Own The Enterprise Value Chain on April 4th

Dell ‘s (NASDAQ:DELL) shopping spree continues with the acquisition of Clerity and Wyse this week. Dell is clearly looking to diversify...

Time Warner Cable Envisions Pandora-Like Personalization For Pay-TV on April 4th

Time Warner Cable’s (NYSE:TWX) management says that the future of pay-TV could look a lot like Pandora (NYSE:P), ...

Asian Mobile Chips Consortium Crumbles As Qualcomm Chases Chinese Growth on April 4th

Being a dominant player in a high-growth market may have its own perks but one always has to be wary of new competitors in the...

Sirius XM's Outlook Lifted By Stronger Economy And Vehicle Sales Data on April 4th

Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) is sitting pretty as vehicle sales are looking good, and the U.S. economy seems to be improving with rising...

Groupon Settles Coupon Expiration Lawsuit; Changes Daily Deal Economics on April 4th

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) recently restated its Q4 2011 earnings, which resulted in lower revenue and net profit because of an increase in Groupon’...

iPhone 4S Continues To Be The Best-Seller At AT&T, Verizon & Sprint on April 4th

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4S continues to rule the roost at all the major U.S. carriers that have contracts to sell the ...

Yahoo Plans Significant Restructuring & Layoffs In The Coming Weeks on April 4th

Yahoo ‘s (NASDAQ:YHOO) earnings have been quite disappointing in 2011, as its core advertising business struggle to keep up with giants...

Android & iOS Continue To Gain U.S. Smartphone Marketshare on April 4th

Google ‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android continued to increase its smartphone market share in the U.S. in beginning of 2012, according to ...

RIM Falls 9.5% On Rumors Of Fewer Exit Options on April 4th

Research in Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) shares fell almost 10% in trading Tuesday as speculations about a lack of interest from potential bidders...

Facebook Lobs Counter Suit At Yahoo, Gears Up For Prolonged Dispute on April 4th

Facebook has retaliated against Yahoo’s patent infringement claims with its own lawsuit. Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) sued Facebook earlier this month, for...

SAP Taps African Growth With Management Software For Nigerian SMEs on April 3rd

SAP (NYSE:SAP) and NetServeAfrica Limited have entered into a partnership to provide management software solutions tailored to fuel the African growth story. ...

Salesforce Aims To Be The Facebook Of Enterprises on April 3rd

Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) is pushing for more social integration in its suite of products as is evident from the some of its recent acquisitions...

Disney Is Furthering Its Push In Social Games on April 3rd

In regard to its gaming business, Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) has announced that it’s planning to develop social games for ...

Google Acquires TxVia To Fuel Google Wallet Ambitions on April 3rd

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been struggling to boost merchant and customer adoption of its mobile payments offering – Google Wallet – which...

With Real-Time Traffic Data Google Maps Gives You More Reliable Travel Times on April 3rd

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has updated the Directions feature in Google Maps to estimate the time for the trip between two locations based on real-time...

Parks & Resorts Lift Disney To $57 If The U.S. Economy Takes Off on April 3rd

The U.S. economy seems to be improving as the job market improves with rising employment rates, stocks rallying and credit availability becoming easier. ...

eBay Focuses On PayPal To Drive Growth, Appoints New Head on April 3rd

PayPal is one of the fastest-growing businesses for eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) in terms of revenue and now accounts for around 27% of its overall...

Juniper's Outlook Is Strong Despite Near-Term Economic Pressures on April 3rd

A year ago Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) was trading at over $40 levels with the stock touching a 10-year high of $44 in...

Perfect World Launches Nightfall Expansion for Forsaken World on April 3rd

Perfect World (NASDAQ:PWRD) has announced a new expansion pack for one of its most popular games, Forsaken World. The Forsaken World: ...

Like It Or Not, Facebook Rolls Out Timeline To All Pages on April 3rd

Facebook is the largest social network in the world with over 845 million users. Thanks to its massive scale and high user engagement, it...

AMD Faces Uphill Battle In Professional & Game Console Graphics Business on April 3rd

While for Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) professional graphics plays a very important role, AMD (NYSE:AMD) has little presence in this business. We...

LinkedIn Upgrades Profile Features to Drive Engagement on April 3rd

LinkedIn (NASDAQ:LNKD) has upgraded its profile recommendations feature, which could potentially drive higher user engagement levels on the website. LinkedIn has had...

Amazon Appstore Is More Lucrative For Developers Than Google Play Store on April 3rd

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) launched its own Appstore for mobile devices last year. While it is still much smaller than Apple ‘s (...

Google May Launch Online Store to Boost Android Tablet Sales on April 3rd

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) may be planning to launch its own online tablet store, in order to boost sales of Android tablets and increase ...

AT&T Pushes LTE Aggressively Through Lumia on April 2nd

AT&T (NYSE:T) will launch the first LTE-enabled Windows Phone, the Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Lumia 900, for $99.99 on April...

Is Apple The Invisible Force Behind The Sharp-Foxconn Deal? on April 2nd

Rumors about the launch of Apple TV have been gaining strength with some even claiming that the new iProduct could be arriving as soon as...

Paychex Reports Q3 Results That Support Future Growth Drivers on April 2nd

Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) reported its revenues for Q3 FY 2012 on March 28, with total revenues of $569.5 million, growing 7% as compared...

How Political Advertising Impacts CBS's $33.50 Value on April 2nd

This year, we expect to see a significant increase in political ad spending in the U.S. compared to 2010, due to the upcoming ...

Oracle And Google Spar Over Java Patents For Android OS on April 2nd

Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) has just rebuffed a $2.8 million settlement offer by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) for a lawsuit filed by Oracle which claims...

Groupon's Restatement Impacts Valuation Little But Delivers A Big Blow To Its Image on April 2nd

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) is no stranger to controversy and has had several clashes with the SEC over its accounting procedures in the run-up to...

DirecTV Fair Value $53, Explores Ultra HD Service on April 2nd

DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV) plans to explore the possibility of offering its subscribers Ultra HD service, which can deliver about 8 times the resolution ...

Consumer

Limited's March Sales Top Market Expectations On Victoria's Secret on April 6th

Intimate apparel retailer Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD) reported comparable store sales growth of 8% for the five weeks ended March 31, 2012, compared...

Drug Retail Weekly Update: Walgreen, CVS Caremark and Rite Aid on April 6th

This was a happening week for the drug retailers as the FTC allowed two of U.S.’s three largest Pharmacy Benefit Managers Express ...

Unilever Revs Up Hair Care Unit With New Launch Next Month on April 5th

Unilever (NYSE:UL) is set to launch its Clear Hair Care products in the U.S. next month. In a market flooded with hair...

Toyota U.S. Sales Outpace Asian Peers on April 5th

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has outshone other Asian competitors like Nissan Motors (NASDAQ:NSANY), Hyundai (005380:Korea SE) and Honda Motors (NYSE...

Walgreen Could Mend Ties With Express Scripts Post Medco Merger on April 5th

With the Express Scripts (NYSE:ESRX) – Medco (NYSE:MHS) merger winning FTC approval to create a PBM giant with one-third market...

Is Lowe's Eyeing Canadian Home Improvement Rival Rona? on April 5th

Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) seems open to acquisitions to expand its presence in international markets where it still lags way behind its bigger...

L'Oréal Update: Opens Global Hair Research Center in France on April 4th

L’Oréal recently inaugurated its new state-of-the-art global research center in Paris that would also serve as global head of a network of six...

Daimler Sets Record Sales for First Quarter of 2012 on April 4th

German automobile manufacturer Daimler (PINK:DAI) has reported impressive global sales figures for its flagship brand, Mercedes Benz, last month. The sales ...

Kraft Expands In Middle East With Focus On Children & Chocolates on April 3rd

Kraft Foods (NYSE:KFT) is entering the healthy children’s snack food segment in the Middle East with the launch of its new...

Walgreen Seeks New Express Scripts Contract As FTC Approves Medco Deal on April 2nd

Walgreen (NYSE:WAG) announced its Q2 results last week . The earnings beat analyst expectations even though the number of prescriptions filled at comparable...

The Beer War on American Soil on April 2nd

Submitted by Testosterone Pit using the Trefis Contributor Tool Disclosure: I love beer. Particularly certain kinds of what the industry calls craft beer. ...

Financial Services

Financials Weekly Notes: Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo & Goldman on April 6th

It has been an overall dismal week across sectors at the stock market, with bank shares faring no better. Investor sentiment were hit considerably...

BNY Mellon Catches A Break In Forex Lawsuits on April 5th

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) finally has a reason to cheer, after U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed 5...

Legal Trouble Brewing Over Mortgage Securities For Goldman on April 5th

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) may be staring at another major mortgage-related lawsuit against it from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The ...

Deutsche Bank's Asset Management Rumored $2 Billion Sales Price Looks Too Low on April 4th

Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) seems to be in the final round of talks with U.S. institutional asset manager Guggenheim Partners for the sale ...

Wells Fargo Launches Abbot Downing To Serve The Ultra Rich on April 4th

Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) announced the launch of its Abbot Downing brand this Monday. The new division was created by the merger of ...

MasterCard Revised to $465 on International Growth, Consumer Spending on April 4th

MasterCard (NYSE:MA) and Visa’s (NYSE:V) shares have rallied impressively in recent months,with each company’s stock up...

India's Booming Card Market Attracts Discover Financial on April 3rd

Discover Financial (NYSE:DFS) announced last month that it has entered into a strategic alliance with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)...

Global Payments Data Breach Exposes Card Payments Vulnerability on April 3rd

Cardholders around the world received a shock late last week when Global Payments Inc. announced a breach in its card data processing system. After...

Morgan Stanley Should Complete Smith Barney Acquisition Now on April 2nd

There is a great deal of speculation on Morgan Stanley’s (NYSE:MS) next move at upping its stake in Smith Barney’...

Basic Materials

Weekly Metals & Mining Summary: ArcelorMittal, Alcoa and Vale on April 6th

The past week saw only a few developments affecting mining and steel companies across the globe. Last Tuesday, the U.S. Fed minutes showed ...

ArcelorMittal Faces Collusion Claims In S. Africa As Complaints Stack Up on April 5th

ArcelorMittal’s (NYSE:MT) South African operations are in the news for all the wrong reasons as the country’s government frowns...

Dow Trims European Exposure, Shuts Styrofoam Plants On Weak Construction Market on April 3rd

Dow Chemicals (NYSE:DOW), the specialty chemical manufacturer, is closing its four plants manufacturing Styrofoam, a popular insulation material used in home ...

Dow Furthers Sustainability Research With University Of Queensland Partnership on April 2nd

Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) has signed a $10 million deal with University of Queensland to do combined research in sustainability engineering. The $10 ...

Alcoa Delays Closing of Italian Aluminum Smelter, Scouts for Buyer on April 2nd

Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA), one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, has agreed to delay the closing of its Portovesme ...

ArcelorMittal Updates: S. African Government Favors Competitors, Selling Stake In Turkish Co. on April 2nd

The South African government has excluded ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) from its preferential list for recently announced infrastructure procurement policy. The move has left ...

Energy

Exxon Plays Balancing Act As Kurd-Iraq Divide On Oil Control Widens on April 6th

Differences between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the central government of Iraq over the vast oil wealth in the northern regions of the...

Suntech Looks To Beat U.S. Tariffs But Faces Higher Financing Costs on April 5th

Solar panel manufacturer Suntech Power (NYSE:STP) is looking to sidestep the 2.9% countervailing duties imposed on Chinese solar imports by the U.S. ...

Baker Hughes Warns That Profitability May Suffer Ahead on April 5th

Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) warned that the changing dynamics in the North American market could impact its operating margins. According ...

How Oil Sanctions Against Iran Impact Energy Stocks on April 2nd

Crude oil is arguably the most important commodity in the world today. All eyes are on crude oil prices and its dynamics because no ...

Industrials & Transportation

Rail Carriers Feel The Heat of Regulation Amid Mixed Traffic Data on April 4th

The latest report by the Association of American Railroads released on March 29, shows mixed trends in U.S. railroad traffic this quarter as coal...

Caterpillar Ramps Up China Operations To Ride Growth on April 3rd

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), the global construction and mining equipment manufacturer, is eyeing huge growth in China over the next three years. China&...

 









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